Catch-Up #51 + Giveaway!

Catch-Up #51

I hope you all had a fantastic week. I have a few things worth talking about and a giveaway prize I purchased for you to thank you for the wonderful support. Some of the comments that were left under my Youtube videos are the most meaningful and encouraging I have ever received. Thank you guys!

Repurchased. I wanted to try some new mascara, but I have had very little time to browse the web and read reviews, so I opted for a refill of my trusted Kjaer Weis mascara. At least I know it works well for me. You can read my full review here. Which mascara are you currently using? Please leave any recommendations you have in the comments section. You can find the Kjaer Weis mascara at LeVert Beauty (code GG10 saves you 10% every time you shop there). Kjaer Weis fans, stay tuned because new products are launching soon, and I may have a little preview ready for you. It just might be one of my favorite KW makeup releases so far!

Sephora shopping. I got asked several times if I ever shop at Sephora, and the answer is yes. Beside the tools department (makeup brushes, eyelash curlers, face sponges) and the nail polish section (Jin Soon & Butter London are some of my favorites), Sephora is now offering several brands I use, such as Tata Harper, Kari Gran, and a new find, Bite Beauty. More about Bite Beauty in the paragraph below. if you would like me to write a post/film a video about the items I buy at Sephora, please leave a comment below.

Bite Beauty. I recently purchased a few Bite Beauty products. I went for one (I wanted to pick up the Amaretto Matte Lip Crayon I saw in a recent video of Ashley MakeupTIA), but I ended up picking up three different formulas. I got one High Pigment Pencil in the color Honey Berry, a medium nude/brown, pigmented, large pencil (the one I am wearing in the video), one Luminous Créme Lipstick in the color Fiano, which is a light beige/nude color, and a set of four Mini Matte Lip Crayons. The set was the best part because like I said, I wanted to buy one Matte Lipstick Crayon, but the set I bought contains four deluxe size mini crayons for the price of a full-size one, and they are all wearable colors. The set is called Best Bite Rewind, and retails for $25. You know what, I don’t like early Christmas talk, but that set will make a beautiful, affordable Christmas gift. The colors are a pinky-nude, a rosey, a red, and a deeper berry color, so it won’t disappoint anyone. You can check out the set here.

Bite Beauty Swatches

The (holi)stick deodorant. As you may have seen it on my Instagram feed, I am currently using a new deodorant, and so far, I like it. It’s called Agent Nateur – the holi(stick) and it comes in the form of a chubby stick with twist up mechanism. It’s very creamy and moisturizing (coconut oil, raw honey, beeswax), and smells fresh, clean, and slightly sweet (eucalyptus, lavender, and honey). It contains baking soda, but I have used it on freshly shaved pits (how brave am I?) and experienced no irritation, possibly because of the soothing/moisturizing properties of the other ingredients. It does prevent me from smelling bad, but the clean scent dissipates quickly. So at the end of the day my pits don’t smell fresh and clean like after the application, but they don’t smell bad either. I wish the scent was a tad stronger. Also, I noticed that the product is so moisturizing that it almost feels “moist”. It does not feel uncomfortable to me, but if you sweat a lot, it could possibly get uncomfortable to you. Another plus is that it does not leave any stains on dark clothing. If any of you guys tried it, please share your thoughts. I will most likely repurchase it when I run out of it. Available here.

Lisa Eldridge Face Paint Book. Tomorrow, Lisa Eldrige’s Face Paint – The Story of Makeup book is finally going to be launched (I actually just received the shipping notification!). If you love makeup/art history and you haven’t pre-ordered it yet, you can find it on Amazon (yay for Prime shipping, because I cannot wait to get mine!).

Onomie concealer. I recently asked on Instagram if you guys could recommend a concealer, and I received a recommendation for Onomie Beauty, which just won a Best of Beauty award from Allure. They offer a convenient option to buy samples that are good for a couple of uses each. What you receive is one sample in the shade you pick, one sample in lighter shade, and one sample in shade darker than the color you choose. The fourth sample is a sample of the Eye Illuminating Treatment, which I have not used yet. I tried the concealer a couple of times, and while I do like the color selection, I find the concealer to be a bit drying to my under-eye area. Not extremely drying, but a little. It offers good coverage, but sets quickly, so you need to blend it as quickly as possible. Once it sets, it stays on beautifully, but like I said, it can look a bit dry, so I would not recommend it to more mature ladies. It also contains some ingredients that will not please the most hardcore, green beauties, namely silicones, Bismuth Oxychloride, and a few more. Overall the concealer formula performed okay, but I will not purchase a full-size.

My first Honest Beauty purchase. I placed my first Honest Beauty order, and I got the Brow Filler because I am still on the hunt for the perfect brow filling product for my ashy, almost black brow hairs. The Honest Beauty Brow Filler is a retractable pencil with a waxy texture, that I must say, stays on really well. It also has a spoolie on one end (yaasss) and is overall, a very good eyebrow pencil. The tip is not very fine, but you can still draw in missing hairs if you want to. Unfortunately, the color I picked (Rich Brunette) does not suit me. It is a medium brown (not red) that is not gray enough for my very ashy, almost black brow hairs. If you find a shade that suits you, it is a good eyebrow pencil, but not one I see myself reaching for much in the future. I may give the darkest color a try. You can check them out here. I will pick a few more Honest Beauty products because there are quite a few items that look promising in terms of textures and colors.

honest beauty swatches

Kimberlyloc x Rachel’s Plan Bee Body Oil*. My fellow blogger Kim from collaborated with Rachel’s Plan Bee to create a body serum. Not only does it have a great texture that requires very little rubbing to become completely non-greasy, but it smells like fresh jasmine flowers. Not being the biggest fan of jasmine scent, I was afraid that I would have been turned off by the scent, but I actually like the scent very much. It has a hint of Rose, Vanilla, and Sweet Orange in it as well. It retails for $36, which is significantly more affordable than most of the body serums that I have tried, and does not feel a dollar cheaper than them. It’s limited edition, so if you want a floral body oil with a reasonable price tag, grab it now. You can find it here.

It’s giveaway time!!

This week I am giving away a $100 gift card to spend at one of my favorite online beauty retailers, which also happens to offer convenient international shipping options, Beautyhabit. The giveaway is open internationally :) All you have to do in order to enter is:

  1. Follow me on Instagram, (find my Instagram page here), and
  2. subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

That’s it! One winner will be picked at random. I will announce the winner next week (Monday, October 19th) on Instagram. Good luck!

You can browse the Beautyhabit shop here.

*media sample

  • What a fabulous giveaway, thank you! I know your stuggle with brow shades, after a bad experience with a beautician (who left me with barely any brows left – the horror lol). I couldn’t find anything dark enough, so I resolved to using a black/very dark eye pencil. Not one of my finest moments, but at least the color matched ;) xx ps. you look absolutely gorgeous with bangs <3

  • woogie nights

    Have you tried the brand Gosh cosmetics? It’s from Copenhaguen, and it initially was a pharmaceutical company that went onto cosmetics venture. The eyebrow kit I use has 3 shades and one more for wax. The darkest one is very gray, because I also have dark hair. It is perfume and paraben free, does not promote themselves as eco just like the Honest company but the ingredients seem ok. I used in the past Korres eyebrow pencils as well but the dark browns had a subtle red hue that I did not quite like for me in natural daylight. Usually Scandinavian cosmetics have a good quality. Hope it helps!

  • dolly

    I just found your videos and I now follow your Instagram and YouTube, but I have a different account name for each. Does that matter?

    • Hi love, the winner will be picked on my Instagram follower list. After being announced on October 19th, the winner will be given 48 hours to respond and provide the youtube name for verification purposes. Failure to respond will result in picking another winner. Please let me know if you have any questions, and good luck!

      • dolly

        Not that I’m lucky with these giveaways, but I still wanna try. ;) Win or lose, I love your channel and can’t wait for more videos!

  • Amanda

    Just came across your blog and YouTube channel and I would have to say I love it! Not as many mainstream products which I’m curious about yet hard to find reviews on!

  • icklefickle

    I’m already signed up to both so hoping that means I’m entered :-) I too am struggling to find the perfect mascara (well a green one anyway) my all time favourite is L’Oreal Telescopic and it just the perfect mascara and so hard for others to live up to. I recently bought the 100% pure one but haven’t tried it yet so I will let you know how I get on. Wit woo again to your new hair :-)

  • Lisa Marie

    Hi Lilly,
    have you tried the 100 % Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara? This is my absolut holy grail. I have repurchased it numerous times. But I only use it for my top lashes. For my bottom lashes I use the Kjaer Weis Mascara. This combination works a treat :)
    As for an eyebrow pencil, I use the Benecos Natural Eyebrow-Designer in the shade Brown and it matches perfectly. I have pretty dark brows as well. It also has a spoolie on one end, too. And the best part, it is 2,99 € :)
    Love your videos. Always a good day when a new one comes up ;)

  • Thanks so much for the giveaway! Subscribed to your new channel (already a long time follower on IG!) Thanks as well for the headsup on the LE book, I knew it was coming out but hadn’t realized it was so soon – just pre-ordered my copy! x

  • Super giveaway!! merci!! Already following both!
    Quite interested in getting the new book from Lisa E. x

  • Autumn

    Great giveaway! I’m already subscribed to your YouTube channel and following you on Instagram!

  • Jenny

    Cool giveaway! I’m already following and subscribed! yay!

  • I didn’t know you had a YouTube channel! Subscribed. :)

    Have you tried Asian eyebrow pencils? They tend to do very good ashy brown colors! A couple that I like:

  • Cindy Bokma

    Loved this post as usual! I just wrote about The Honest Company’s new beauty products today on Hello Dollface!

  • Done and done :)

  • I’ve had such a hard time finding a good brow shade too!! I can’t stand anything too warm-toned either. The best color I’ve found for me is the Bare Minerals Brow Styler Pencil – I use the lighter of the two colors which is pretty light, but nice and ashy, but I wonder if the darker one might be a good match for you? I think Sephora sells it :)

  • Nazih

    Hi! I already follow you on both instagram and youtube!

    ig: nnabeela
    youtube: nazih nabeela

  • Liliana Neves

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! Subscribed to your Youtube channel and Instagram.

  • What a lovely giveaway! I am also really excited to read Lisa Eldridge’s book, it looks incredible.

  • I’m still looking for a perfect eye brow pencil / product, it’s quite complicated… Thanks for the giveaway, totally in ;)

  • Chloe

    the lily lolo eyebrow powder and lavera eyebrow pencil are both very dark and grey! (: the lily lolo one even includes a wax and both are buildable.

    i also adore the kjaer weis mascara and the only one that would make me think of trying out is the 100% pure maracuja mascara… is it a liquid eyeliner? they seemed to have mentioned it in the past hehe!

    the body oil sounds wonderful… thank you for the lovely giveaway!!

  • Vanessa Portillo

    I recently found your channel and am enjoying all your videos and posts so much! I follow you on YT & IG as “La Luna Bohemia”. Grazie per le opportunita…abbracci!

  • The Mini Matte Lip Crayons are gorgeous! And I’m definitely eyeing the collaboration body oil between Kim and Rachel’s Plan Bee. I actually won a giveaway, but of course that was the week my email decided to stop working so I couldn’t respond.

  • BlackAsphodel

    Fab prize! Thank you!

    YT: Black Asphodel
    IG: blackasphodel

  • nancy

    So many new products to try! What do you think about the ingredients in the Honest makeup? They are being sued for greenwashing and I’ve been hesitant to try their stuff.

  • Anna

    I already followed your Instagram and subscribed to YouTube channel.

  • Anusha Puri

    Thank you for another generous giveaway .Follow you on IG and glued to You tube :)

  • Andreea Cristi

    Youtube:cristi andreea

  • My favorite mascara ever is the Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara–it isn’t as all-natural as some, but definitely has way less chemicals that standard mascara, and I absolutely love it. I have long curly lashes naturally, but not a lot of individual lashes, and it gives great volume and really fans them out. My favorite part is that it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing mascara at all–that hard, untouchable feeling is what I hate about mascara, but the Josie Maran doesn’t do that at all.

    And so nice of you to do a giveaway! I’m already following you on Insta and YouTube haha–so loving the videos so far! It’s my ritual to watch YouTube beauty videos while I get ready for the day at my vanity table, so now I have yours to watch too haha :)

    • Nancy

      I still haven’t forgiven Kiehl’s for discontinuing their Marvelous Mineral Mascara. It was the BEST – voluminous, feathery lashes that never flaked and it removed easily. It was definitely a hero product for me and I’ve been between mascaras ever since.

  • Awww so happy you started a YouTube channel. Love it! Thanks for the great giveaway <3

  • Bianca Rogoveanu

    Instagram: @biancarogoveanu
    YT: Bianca Rogoveanu

    Thank you for the chance !

  • Catherine Crain

    Great giveaway! I love that you did a video along w/ the blog post. I’m loving the bangs on you!

  • Crystal Sell

    Following both! I love BeautyHabit!


    Thank you for the lovely giveaway and all the great posts.
    Instagram : despinavnt

  • Bambi Organics

    Ciao tesoraaa hai mai provato la matita 02 brown di benecos? È un marrone freddo tendente al grigio! Potrebbe esserti utile :-)
    Incrociamo le dita x il giveaway :p

    Un bacione

  • Edmond Leung

    Yay , followed instagram @edmond180 & youtube @edmond18. Wow, prize $100 gc is fab. &
    splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you
    for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. :) Pick me, pick me! Perfect for my aunt’s big BD GIFT.

  • Ali P.

    Awesome giveaway, thank you! I’m also looking for a new mascara so I will be stalking the comments >_<

  • Coline T.

    wooh, thanks for this lovely giveaway! :-)
    I follow you on Youtube: Coline T.
    and Instagram: @coline_touil

  • Phuong Nguyen

    Already subscribed to your YouTube :) thanks for the giveaway!

  • star

    Wow! What a lovely giveaway, thank you for.your great tips and I love your.instagram. page you look so young.

  • Jessica Costa

    Anche i miei sono diversi: YT Jessica Costa – Instagram Jess_bdg
    Grazie per l’opportunità.

  • Kerri

    LOVE Beautyhabit! They are continually adding to their incredible selection of green beauty products. Thanks for the giveaway! I follow you on Instagram, and now on YouTube!

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  • Thanks for the giveaway! The bite beauty set does look like a great gift idea! It’s been all over my instagram feed lately. I might pick one up as a gift for my mom. :).

  • Erin

    Yay! I follow you on both! Thanks for the chance! :)

  • Christine

    I’m still loving the w3ll people mascara but have heard amazing thing about fit glow’s so I’m going to try theirs next.

  • Hannelore Gurbet

    wow, amazing giveaway.